#12 Two times two – Make 12 new friends!

#12 Two Times Two: 2 Weekends, 2 Friends a-piece!

So far March has been my month of pursuing friendships. After creating my OkC profile and messaging with a few people a bit to get to know each other, I arranged to meet those I connected with most.

The Chicago Handmade Market

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Saturday is one of the only days of the week I have mostly available. I only work until two in the afternoon, so I arranged to meet my new OkC friend – Kiersten – that afternoon. Lucky for us the Chicago Handmade Market, a once a month handmade craft fair at a rotating location in Chicago, was happening that day.

Turns out a friend that Remy recently met through work was visiting Chicago for the weekend, and her and Remy had been hanging out this morning. I invited her to tag along with us and thus initiated what has turned out to be a great friendship.

Her name was Betsey, and she’s a rad activist from Iowa city. I met her only 20 minutes before I met Kiersten, but we were already friends by then. Betsey is such an easy-going, interesting, cool person we felt like we knew each other right away!

We all met at the market, which was Awesome! This month it was at a bar called the Empty Bottle. There were lots of jewelry-makers, as well as sellers of knitted and crocheted works, soaps, needlepoint, body products, ties and bow ties, prints, paintings, and more. One of the sellers was giving away a free bow tie for liking them on Facebook and we all entered.

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We all hit it off great! I bought a Leo charm pendant and two wire wrapped rings. I will definitely check it out again!

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After the Market we all went to Handlebar. They had amazing deep fried pickles and a great tofu sandwich. We also tried their samosas – a traditional Indian potato and pea pocket – but we didn’t care for it.

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We all had great conversation, and we ended up going back to our apartment for drinks after dinner. We hung out all night, and had a wonderful time! I feel like I made two great new friends that weekend!
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Another Weekend of Plenty

The week following our weekend friendship adventures, Remy had to go out of town for a week for work. Remy travels often for work – sometimes once a month, sometimes more than that. He loves traveling to different co-ops and giving trainings or attending meetings, and I support him wholeheartedly. Nevertheless, before I quit my teaching job and started making friends in Chicago I was very lonely when Remy went out of town. It’s hard to be alone in big city with no one to hang out with.

So I set out to spend time with our new friends, and make some more new friends on my own while Remy was gone. I knew Remy would be happy for me, and happy to meet any of the people I befriended while he was away!

After she returned to Iowa, Betsey has kept in touch with me via texting and social media, and I’m really enjoying continuing to get to know such a rad activist and thinker! She invited us to come visit, so Remy and I are planning a trip out to Iowa City in the next month or so. But I still need friends near me, and Kiersten is rather busy, so my plan was to keep looking for someone I could spend time with.

I also went out a few times with a great girl named Alex. She and I cooked portobello burgers for lunch, and went to the Chicago Cultural Museum together. The museum is run by the Chicago Board of Tourism and is completely free to anyone all the time! They have a bunch of rotating visual art and photography exhibits that are open to the public. And the building in which the Cultural Museum is located is like art itself; it’s in the old Public library building before it expanded into the famous Harold Washington Library down the street.

There are beautifully tiled walls throughout the entryway, and a thirty foot Tiffany stained-glass dome window in the ceiling of the main gallery room! It’s the biggest Tiffany stained glass dome in the world.

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Alex and I had fun together, but I found the conversation slightly forced and awkward at times, so I see this friendship as a long, slow build. We’re not going to become best friends over night, but we like doing things together so it’s a start!

Then there was Brittnee

You’ll hear more about Brittnee soon, because she is amazing and I already have so many stories to tell about her! But we almost didn’t meet. :O

Here’s the beginning:
Those who know me know about my history of tumultuous relationships with Taurus signs. On three separate occasions I met guys that I did not get along with – we really butt heads, we didn’t get each other’s sense of humor, and I just plain thought they were rude. After forming my opinion of them I learned one by one that they were all Tauruses! So when I saw on Brittnee’s profile that she was a Taurus, I almost let my bias stop me from messaging her! I’m so glad I put my ridiculous prejudice aside and messaged her, because we clicked the second we met!

Brittnee and I hung out – cooking, drinking, listening to music, and talking – way longer than we intended. We talked about many things – and discovered that we not only looked alike, but we shared a tremendous amount of interests and opinions. We’re twins! Back at her place, her roommate Eric came home and I met him too. By the time I left Britt and I were both remarking at the amazing connection we’d made.

… We hung out the next two days in a row. >.<

The next day her and Eric came over, and I got to know Eric some more. I can’t wait to meet Brittnee’s boyfriend John, who lives with them too, but he’s been busy with work. We plan to go out on a double date for sushi on Sunday!

Britt and I made peanut butter oatmeal chocolate chip cookies together…

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We both love Broad City, Key and Peele, the same music, the same types of people, hanging out together, and thrifting. She’s quickly becoming one of my best friends! I’m so lucky and grateful to have met her!

I’m counting Eric as a friend because, although he’s also a Taurus, we’ve also been getting along great, and I suspect we’ll be hanging out more in the future! Look at me, growing up, befriending perhaps unexpected personalities, and settling into Chicago. Wish me luck!

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